Pico projectors have found their way into smartphones before now (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy Beam), but mostly as an gimmicky add on. And one that’s fizzled out, rather than becoming a standard issue feature — like, say, the LED flash on the back of your handset which doubles as a torch.
Expense and battery life have likely put paid to any mass mobile rollout of pico projectors so far. That and niche utility. Not everyone wants or needs a micro projector in their phone. But as more functions crowd onto the small screen, a tech that offers a way to feel less tethered to that screen when at home — and to widen its canvas on demand — might well have broader appeal.
The team behind this Kickstarter project, called Beam, certainly think so. And they’ve managed to pull in $400,000+ and counting — more than double their original target — from over 1,100 backers after just a…